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Science fiction authors attack sexism amid row over SFWA magazine
A growing chorus of science fiction authors have been speaking out about sexism in the genre after much-criticised recent editions of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's SFWA magazine, Bulletin, which featured a woman in a chainmail bikini on the cover and the claim that Barbie is a role model because she "maintained her quiet dignity the way a woman should ". A row has been brewing for two weeks over the Bulletin, which also ran a column referring to "lady writers" and "lady editors" , describing them as "beauty pageant beautiful" or a "knock out". The columnists, Mike Resnick and Barry Malzberg, responded to claims that their descriptions were sexist in another bulletin, where they wrote that "all we did was appear in a magazine with a warrior woman on the cover, and mention that a woman who edited a science fiction magazine 65 years ago was beautiful. If they get away with censoring that, can you imagine what comes next? The issues provoked blistering attacks from authors online , with some going so far as to withdraw their membership of the organisation. That I was wrong to try to make it conform to me and my ideals. They have told me not to let the door hit my perky ass on the way out.
I wish nothing more to do with the organization and no more contact with it. The cause which impels the separation is clear enough: over a period long enough to confirm that this is no mere passing phase, the SFWA leadership and a significant moiety of its membership has departed from the mission of the organization, and, indeed, betrayed it. The mission of SFWA was to act as a professional organization, to enhance the prestige of writers in our genre, to deter fraud, and to give mutual aid and support to our professional dreams. It was out of loyalty to this mission that I so eagerly joined SFWA immediately upon my first professional sales, and the reason why I was so proud to associate with the luminaries and bold trailblazers in a genre I thought we all loved. When SFWA first departed from that mission, I continued for a time to hope the change was not permanent. Recent events have made it clear that there is not reasonable basis for that hope. Instead of enhancing the prestige of the genre, the leadership seems bent on holding us up to the jeers of all fair-minded men by behaving as gossips, whiners, and petty totalitarians, and by supporting a political agenda irrelevant to science fiction.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to fraudulently remove numerous non-infringing works from Scribd, a site that allows the general public to share text files with one another in much the same way that Flickr allows its users to share pictures. Included in the takedown were: a junior high teacher's bibliography of works that will excite children about reading sf, the back-catalog of a magazine called Ray Gun Revival, books by other authors who have never authorized SFWA to act on their behalf, such as Bruce Sterling, and my own Creative Commons-licensed novel, "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. The list of works to be removed was sent by "epiracy sfwa. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows copyright holders to use "notices" to force ISPs to remove material from the Internet on a mere say-so. In the real world, you couldn't get a book taken out of a bookstore or an article removed from the newspaper without going to court and presenting evidence of infringement to a judge, but the DMCA only requires that you promise that the work you're complaining about infringes, and ISPs have to remove the material or face liability for hosting it.
SFWA has about 1, professionally published writer members worldwide. SFWA informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members. SFWA activities include informing science fiction and fantasy writers on professional matters, protecting their interests,  and helping them deal effectively with agents, editors, anthologists, and producers in print and non-print media;  encouraging public interest in and appreciation for science fiction and fantasy literature; sponsoring, editing, and disseminating writings, papers, books, pamphlets, and other publications which exemplify science fiction and fantasy literature of high quality; conducting conferences, public discussion groups, forums, lectures, and seminar programs; and furnishing services connected with this stated purpose. Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. According to Todd McCaffrey , the organization immediately "acquired great status in its efforts to help J. Tolkien get fair recompense in America for pirated sales of The Lord of the Rings. The acronym SFWA was re-established officially in
The conference will cover areas like Science Fiction and Fantasy. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of 78 writers; it now has over 1, members, among them many of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy. The estimated count of participants is calculated by multiplying the normalized participant interest generated on platform with a regional multiplier. Organizers can update the count here. Invite your friends, colleagues, customers and clients to this event Join Community. Follow Attended. About Reviews.
A professional guild created in as Science Fiction Writers of America, to inform sf writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their professional welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, agents, editors and anthologists; in see below it was renamed the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. A list of SFWA presidents appears at the end of this entry. Full or "active" membership is restricted to professional writers — defined as writers who have sold a minimum of three short stories, one professionally produced script, or one full-length book of fiction collaborations are counted as half to a qualifying "professional" market, a criterion which formerly excluded journals of less than 12, circulation an exclusion which nullified work in almost any literary journal but is more recently based on the word-rates considered appropriate for a Prozine which see. The qualification is one-off; a writer, once he or she has become a member, need never re-qualify. In addition to its guild activities, SFWA sponsors the annual Nebula Awards and the annual anthologies resulting from them. Writer Beware [see links below], a public online service, warns of bad and exploitative publishing practices.